"I'm getting married tomorrow. I wanted to send you this message," the text, which was sent with his fiancée's knowledge, began. "Thank you for being my first love."
The couple tells Yahoo Lifestyle that their first meeting happened by chance, and they haven't looked back in the nearly five decades that they've been together.
A police chief says the officer was "very persistent and successful at times" in pursuing dates with women he found in the department's database.